Why Do We Wish on the Turkey’s Wishbone?

Matt Soniak

The tradition comes from Europe, and is thousands of years older than Thanksgiving.

How to Keep Your Pet Safe This Thanksgiving

Abbey Stone

Go ahead and let Fido or Fluffy join in the celebrations, but follow these dos and don'ts to keep your pet safe.

Nobody Pinches Harder Than a Coconut Crab

Kate Horowitz

Scientists say the crab’s “mighty claw” is only bested by the jaws of an alligator.

7 Rarely Used Orchestral Instruments

Paul Anthony Jones

Composers have long pushed the boundaries of classical music by writing parts for new and innovative instruments—but not all of them have ended up a permanent fixture in the orchestra …

Beware of Buying 'Aloe Vera' That Contains No Aloe Vera

Shaunacy Ferro

New lab tests find that "aloe vera" gels sold by major retailers don't contain chemical traces of the plant.

Over 1 Million More People Than Last Year Will Travel for Thanksgiving

Abbey Stone

The vast majority of travelers will be hitting the open road.

20 Vintage Photos of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

A look back at 90 years of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

All the Presidents' Pardoned Turkeys

Stacy Conradt

The turkeys pardoned this year are named "Tater" and "Tot."

Some Parts of the U.S. Will Have a Dreary Thanksgiving

Dennis Mersereau

We'll have just enough sloppy weather to cause some headaches.

People Have Been Raising Turkeys in Mexico for 1500 Years

Kate Horowitz

Archaeologists in Oaxaca uncovered turkey bones and eggs in various stages of development.

Name All 50 States in 10 Minutes

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14 Moving Facts About 'Planes, Trains and Automobiles'

Roger Cormier

Those aren't pillows!


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You Can Now Buy Your Own Origami Microscope

Shaunacy Ferro

The cheap, functioning paper microscope is designed to make scientific education available to the masses for cheap.